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The Ned McNamara Memorial Fund was established by his wife, Catherine McNamara, with all proceeds to benefit Spokane County Search and Rescue and recognizes the hard efforts and commitment of all those who serve on the SCSAR team.

Ned passed away while on a night navigation training with six other members of the Search and Rescue team the night of April 10, 2017 at the spot where the above photo was taken on Antoine Peak overlooking the Spokane Valley. At the time of his death, Ned served as the President of the Spokane County Search and Rescue Council, was a member of the Inland Search and Rescue, Mountain Rescue, Swift Water Rescue teams and assisted with training on the Intermountain Search Dogs team.